Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salary

Pay for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists sits in the ballpark of $30.27 per hour. With some bonuses approaching $3K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Dental Hygienists spread between $40K and $82K depending on individual performance. Location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Job satisfaction for Entry-Level Dental Hygienists is high. Roughly two-fifths have medical and dental plans, and approximately one in six have vision insurance. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$29,681 - $69,838
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$30K
$49K
$70K
MEDIAN: $49,214
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$21.49 - $39.86
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MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$29,681 - $69,838  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,055  
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $5,400  
Commission
$983 - $3,663  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,945 - $81,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 607
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$21.49 - $39.86  
   
Overtime
$0.00 - $60.38  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,055  
   
Commission
$983 - $3,663  
Profit Sharing
$197.74 - $5,400  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$39,945 - $81,993  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 2,262
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Popular Employer Salaries for Entry-Level Dental Hygienist


Employees at Aspen Dental take home the smallest paychecks, and $55K is the median salary. Furthermore, range in pay is narrow, with salaries starting at $38K and quickly nearing the top at only $65K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Entry-Level Dental Hygienists, working in the bustling city of Seattle has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Entry-Level Dental Hygienists can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Austin (+21 percent), Portland (+18 percent), New York (+17 percent), and Houston (+16 percent). Location significantly influences compensation, with Los Angeles Entry-Level Dental Hygienists earning much less — 24 percent less — than the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Pittsburgh (16 percent less) and Jacksonville (11 percent less).

Dental Hygienist Advice

What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Dental Hygienist in Pasadena:
"Some people have gross mouths but if you can deal , good job."
Find a good office/doctor and make it a home long term.

Dental Hygienist in Temecula:
"Communication."
The hardest part of dental hygiene is patient communication and diagnosis. The learning curve is about two to three years.

Dental Hygienist in Beaverton:
"Don't Become Complacent."
If you continue to get raises within the first 5-6 years you will hit the ceiling for wages. Doctors typically do not like to give raises beyond a certain point. Negotiate vacation packages and 401K and other benefits to compensate. Consider that you will have a short career working full time. Working as a dental hygienist is an ergonomic nightmare. When you were warned about injuries in college it is no joke. I have been working as a hygienist for 10 years and every senior hygienist that works full time (and does a great job) has some form of work related injury. We do not get scheduled breaks. Consider working part time for career longevity. It's a great occupation, however, very hard on your body. Be proactive in continuing your education after graduation. Everything changes in the medical world. We are always advancing. It is up to us to stay abreast of the latest technology. The doctors will know if you are no longer on board and are stuck in the stone age.

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Skills That Affect Entry-Level Dental Hygienist Salaries

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National Average
$61,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 285 votes.

Gender

Female
94 %
Male
6 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 41% dental benefits Dental: 44%
vision benefits Vision: 17% employee benefits None: 43%
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